Tigers 4, Astros 2
Jason Castro’s homer was a bright spot for the Houston Astros in
a 4-2 loss to a Detroit Tigers split squad on Sunday.
However, the injury news for the rest of the team wasn’t as
Center fielder Jordan Schafer and shortstop Jed Lowrie remained
off the field just five days before the Astros’ regular season
The Astros would not dismiss the possibility of one or both
players starting the season on the disabled list.
Schafer, who has a sprained left hand, and Lowrie, out with a
strained right thumb, were scheduled to bat first and second for
The Astros wanted to get Schafer a couple of at-bats Sunday for
the first time in two weeks, but he experienced pain in his wrist
while taking batting practice and told manager Brad Mills he could
”There’s no doubt that the anxiousness mounts each day,” Mills
said, ”because it shortens the at-bats that he’s going to get
before the season starts.”
Lowrie injured his thumb while sliding into second base on
Tuesday. He has not played since.
The Astros told Brett Wallace, their opening day first baseman a
year ago, that he will be sent down to Triple-A Oklahoma City to
start the season as a third baseman.
They also informed Castro, second baseman Jose Altuve,
outfielders J.D. Martinez and Brian Bogusevic and shortstop Marwin
Gonzalez that they will open the season on the major league roster
for the first time.
”It’s one of the fun things we get to do,” general manager
Jeff Luhnow said. ”We brought `em all into Brad’s office to let
them know. They were all thrilled, as you can imagine.”
Gonzalez, a 23-year-old Rule 5 acquisition, can play three
infield positions, but Mills called him ”a true shortstop” and he
might prove to be the Astros’ opening day shortstop if Lowrie goes
on the DL.
The likely starter in center field, if Schafer can’t play, would
Castro, hitting .341 in the spring after missing the entire 2011
season due to knee surgery, hit his first spring home run for the
Astros’ only run off Detroit starter Doug Fister.
Jhonny Peralta hit a two-run homer off Houston starter Wandy
Rodriguez, who will pitch the season opener against the Colorado
Peralta drove in another run with a double in the sixth